Trail in floodplain poses challenges

Maintaining a walking trail in a flood plain poses its challenges, but for Land Conservation Foundation Executive Director Deanna Glosser, it’s well worth it.

DeLand residents now receiving aquifer water

The Village of DeLand’s $2.33 million water system upgrade is nearly complete, with the last step being demolition of the 1937 water tower, which is no longer in use after a new, 75,000-gallon tower was erected as part of the effort.

Youth welcomed home after brain surgery

Eleven-year-old Kade Nichols and his mom Kelly had not seen their hometown of Farmer City for 82 days, so they received quite the warm welcome when they finally made it back to the DeWitt County community on Thursday afternoon.

Zoning request denied by county board

The Piatt County board last week voted down one zoning request and tabled another. A third was rendered moot when board members opted not to allow a rural landowner to divide an 80-acre tract into three parcels, one of which would have been sold off for a home to be constructed.

County hires supervisor of assessments

A woman who has nine years of experience in the McLean County assessor’s office has been hired as the new Piatt County Supervisor of Assessments.

Jennifer Bryant, a deputy assessor in the McLean County office, was approved by the Piatt County board on July 11.

Backpack program gearing up

Starting Out Right is beginning its fifth year of backpack and school supply assistance for low-income and hardship families with children enrolled in a Piatt County public school district. The effort is also open to Mansfield families who send children to the Blue Ridge school district.

Cerro Gordo medical 'legend' retires

By Christy Jankowski
Journal-Republican correspondent

Dr. William Shackelford opened a small family practice in Cerro Gordo in 1956 where Susan Lange’s hair salon currently sits on Madison Street. He started out with $100 worth of equipment bought from Dr. Lamb, a colleague of his from Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Higher priced paving option to be considered

The county may pay a premium to repave its office building and nursing home parking lot in order to make it easier on employees and those visiting loved ones at its long-term care facility while the work is being performed.

Council responds to garbage concerns

Facebook posts are sticking up for a local garbage carrier as the City of Monticello looks at a possible switch to a single-hauler system.

The posts – like “if you support Young’s Disposal, let the city know” – don’t come right out and say they think the situation stinks, but the message has gotten through to Alderman Wendall Brock.

Crops progressing nicely, but worry over Chinese tariffs

The corn was head high – and then some – by the Fourth of July, but newly implemented Chinese tariffs on American crops has area agriculturalists concerned.

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